It has barely been a week since ex-IBF hand Bhuvan Lall announced his new venture Lall Entertainment at the 56th International Film Festival of Cannes 2003. Already, his hands are full with new projects, claims Lall.
To put things in perspective, Lall Entertainment has three divisions - Lall Animation, Lall Broadcasting and Lall Cinema - that are engaged in the development, production and distribution of animation, motion pictures and television programming worldwide. To start with, Lall Cinema has announced three international feature film projects, for which the pre-production has already begun.
Lall believes co-production is the future and the opportunities are immense for Bollywood. The first feature film, "TAJ - The Love Story of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal" is an English language Indo-Hollywood co-production with star cast from American, British and Indian cinema. World famous music composer and performer Yanni has been approached to score the music for the film. However, Lall was not willing to give out the financial details about the movie. All he said was, "The scale of the movie is on par with international standards."
The second feature film is an Indo-Canadian co-production. The "high adventure Indian jungle drama" is to be directed by award-winning filmmaker and wildlife expert Mike Pandey. 'Advanced talks' are on with a Hollywood film production company for the co-production of the third feature film, which is a 'modern day East-West romance set in Rajasthan and New York City'.
This particular movie excites Lall. While he was not very forthcoming on the details of this movie, according to sources close to agencyfaqs!, the movie would be produced and directed by famous Hollywood producer Menahem Golan. It is also learnt that Lall is trying to rope in Subhash Ghai to co-produce the movie. For the uninitiated, Menahem Golan, with cousin Yoram Globus, has produced over 150 movies in a partnership dating back to the early 1960s. These include movies such as "Love Streams" (1984) and Jean-Luc Godard's "King Lear" (1987), critical successes like Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly" (1987), and formula action thrillers including "The Delta Force" (1986) and "Over the Top" (1987) (the last two directed by Golan). The partnership dissolved in 1989 with Golan resigning from Cannon to head the 21st Century Film Corporation and Globus becoming CEO of Pathe International.
The romantic flick under the Lall entertainment banner is to star a leading Indian film actress opposite a Hollywood film actor. Sources indicate Lall is currently in talks with Aishwarya Rai and Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra for the female lead role. Galon is yet to decide on the Hollywood star who will play the male lead in the movie. © 2003 agencyfaqs!